Rob Gronkowski Undergoes Surgery On Injured Ankle, According To Report

Rob Gronkowski underwent successful surgery on his ankle, according to a report. Gronkowski hurt the ankle in the AFC Championship game.

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Rob Gronkowski's Injury Recovery 'Going Well'

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was a bit hobbled during Super Bowl XLVI dealing with an ankle injury. Some questioned the injury when he went out partying after the Patriots lost the Super Bowl, but he had surgery to repair the injured ankle back in early February.

Gronkowski hasn't been at either of the Patriots OTA practices sessions so far in the offseason, but reportedly no longer is walking around with a limp. The Patriots have made an effort not to push Gronkowski so far, which is completely understandable. Gronk says he's recovering just fine, however.

"Just taking it day by day," Gronkowski told The Boston Herald at a charity event. "Everything is going well, just feeling better every single week."

Of course, Gronk made an appearance at the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night. Yo soy fiesta.

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Rob Gronkowski Had Ankle Surgery, According To Report

One of the top stories entering Super Bowl XLVI was the status of injured New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the AFC Championship game. Because of the two week wait between the Championship games and the Super Bowl, Gronkowski's ankle was talked about more than it probably needed to be.

And now that the season is over, we're back to talking about Gronkowski's ankle. According to Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal, Gronkowski had arthroscopic surgery on his ankle Friday morning. Per Mullen, the recovery time is about two and a half months.

Because it's the offseason, the recovery timetable shouldn't be a big deal. He'll be limited during part of the Patriots offseason program but it sounds like he'll be ready to roll after the draft if all goes well.

He was held to just two receptions during the Super Bowl and the injury clearly affected him, even though he said it didn't.

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Rob Gronkowski Says Injury Wasn't A Factor Despite Just Two Catches

One of the keys entering Super Bowl XLVI was Rob Gronkowski and how effective he would be on his injured ankle. The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots and one of the reasons was Gronkowski was unable to get anything going with the Patriots offense.

He was invisible for most of the game and finished with just two receptions for 26 yards. So was the ankle bothering him?

He told reporters that he was 100 percent but his performance suggests otherwise. Gronkowski wasn't even on the field for the start of the Patriots final drive but did come back in on the final hail mary. He didn't seem to have as much burst as he usually does and didn't come off his blocks as explosively as he usually does.

He was clearly affected by the injury but in typical Patriots style he said the injury had nothing to do with his performance.

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Rob Gronkowski's Injury Leaves Patriots TE As Non-Factor In First Half

The injury to Rob Gronkowski's ankle became such a story to the point where it was absurd how much attention one player's ankle could get (including the obligatory Gronkowski injured ankle Twitter account).

But for nearly the entire first half of Sunday's game against the Giants, Gronkowski was invisible with zero catches. He seemed winded at times and unable to drive blockers like he usually does. The Patriots started the game keeping him out wide, perhaps as a way to test out the ankle.


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Gronkowski finally got on the board when he caught a 20-yard pass from Tom Brady shortly before the two minute warning in the first half. And, to his credit, that catch came on a scoring drive.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury: Patriots TE Is Active And Will Play As Expected

The New England Patriots have released their inactives and as expected Rob Gronkowski's name isn't on the list which means he'll play. His high ankle sprain has been one of the big story lines leading up to the game yet no one really has any idea exactly how he'll do with his injury.

CSNNE's Michael Giardi reported that Gronkowski arrived to Lucas Oil Stadium in the same special black shoe he's been wearing.

We've known for the last two weeks that he'll play in the Super Bowl but at less than 100 percent. The Giants will likely test him out early to see what kind of condition he's in. And the Pats have also had two weeks to prepare with a less-than-100-percent Gronkowski so it'll be interesting to see how they deal with him offensively.

The Patriots have a lot of weapons but Gronkowski might be the most important one -- if he's healthy enough to be effective. This is one of the biggest keys to the game (and people have talked about it just a little bit).

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Rob Gronkowski Injury Update: Patriots Tight End Will Play

There's a good chance that you figured this out when he still appeared to be a bipedal human being at the end of the AFC Championship Game, but it's now more or less confirmed that Rob Gronkowski will play in the Super Bowl. He's been expected to play all week long, but Pro Football Talk confirmed through a source that the New England Patriots tight end would suit up against the New York Giants.

Of course, Gronkowski won't be 100 percent and will likely still be feeling the effects of his badly sprained ankle. The Giants probably won't decide exactly how to play him until they see how he moves, and the same can probably be said for the Patriots and how often they plan on utilizing him. In any event, expect to see a lot of Aaron Hernandez.

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Patriots Injury Report: Rob Gronkowski Officially Questionable

The New England Patriots released their final injury report Friday before the 2012 Super Bowl against the New York Giants on Sunday. Five players were listed as probable, and more importantly 11 were listed as questionable. Of those 11, only Rob Gronkowski was not also listed as questionable prior to the AFC Championship Game.

Gronkowski has been a hot topic throughout the two-week build up to the Super Bowl. He was able to practice on Thursday for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain against the Baltimore Ravens, and is still expected to play against the Giants.

As for the rest of the questionables, only Sebastian Vollmer wasn't able to play in the AFC Championship Game. Wes Welker, Patrick Chung, Logan Mankins, et al., are all expected to play.

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Super Bowl 2012: Rob Gronkowski 'Moving In The Right Direction'

For New England Patriots fans who were getting concerned about the status of star tight end Rob Gronkowski, there was a bit of good news on Thursday, as Gronkowski participated in team practice for the first time since injuring his ankle in the AFC Championship Game.

Both the Patriots and their fans are hoping that Gronkowski will be able to play in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday against the New York Giants. Pats head coach Bill Belichick addressed the media on Friday and had some comments regarding the tight end, according to Kirk Minihane of WEEI in Boston.

"I think he was OK this morning, I think he was OK," Belichick said. "We'll see how it goes today. Rob has worked extremely hard and has got treatment morning, noon and night. He's gotten better on a daily basis. Hopefully he'll continue to make progress today, tomorrow and all day Sunday. We'll see how that takes us, but I think he's coming along and we'll see where he gets to. But certainly moving in the right direction and getting better on a daily basis."

Gronkowski, who is one of the favorite targets of quarterback Tom Brady, was a big part of New England's run to the Super Bowl in 2011. He has repeatedly stated that he will do everything in his power to be able to play in the Super Bowl.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury Update: Patriots TE Practices On Thursday

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski practiced on Thursday, lending credence to the idea that he will play Sunday when the Pats take on the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. However, the final decision will come from not only him but the team's athletic training staff, via ESPN:

"It's my body and I know how I feel the best," Gronkowski said. "I just communicate with the trainers on how I feel, what they think, and we just put all our knowledge together so we can get the best possible situation."

"I will make the final call. I listen to the trainer's advice, but it's how I feel," he said. "I'm just trying to get better. The trainer has helped me to get to a place where I need to be."

Barring some kind of setback during practice, the Patriots expect Gronk to play on Sunday and it would be a surprise at this point if he didn't.

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Super Bowl Talking Points: Rob Gronkowski Will Play On Sunday (Of Course He Will)

Rob Gronkowski will play, Gisele Bundchen wants her friends to pray, Tom Brady loves the feel of a brand new pair of socks, and NBC is not taking any chances with their Super Bowl broadcast. All that and more, in another edition of Super Bowl talking points.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury Status: Patriots TE Could Practice On Thursday

The Rob Gronkowski injury is the one of the biggest stories entering the 2012 Super Bowl and it sounds like fans of the New England Patriots tight end won't be disappointed -- Gronkowski will play. It's been reported previously that Gronkowski will play and as we get closer to the game it looks like that will be the case.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Gronkowski is expected to be limited in practice on Thursday, which is a sign of improvement considering he hasn't practiced at all during Super Bowl week.

Gronkowski suffered the injury in the AFC Championship game and later returned in that same game so I wouldn't worry too much about him being available for the Super Bowl. He likely won't be 100 percent for the game with his ankle injury but he will be on the field.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury Update: Patriots TE Did Not Participate In Wednesday Practice

Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis keeps drawing closer and closer. While the New York Giants players continue to improve and get healthier, one important member of the New England Patriots offense continues to tread water, or at the very least, give few outward impressions of improvement.

Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who injured his ankle in the AFC Championship Game, was once again out of New England's practice session on Wednesday, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. Gronkowski is no longer in a protective boot, but there is still no definitive word on whether we will be playing on Super Bowl Sunday. With only two practices remaining before the game, Patriots fans may be biting their nails.

Gronkowski has made comments in the past two weeks that indicate he's going to do everything in his power to attempt to be a part of the biggest sporting event of the year. It would definitely be good news for the Giants, however, if one of Tom Brady's favorite targets was out of action on Sunday.

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Super Bowl 2012: Rob Gronkowski's Injury Could Mean Special Cleat For Patriots TE

While it's still up in the air whether or not New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will play against the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, there was one interesting bit of information to come out of the media day discussions on Tuesday.

Gronkowski might wear a special cleat that could cut down on swelling (via ESPN):

Gronkowski said the team will look into the possibility of a specialized cleat for his left foot. Sometimes teams are able to make a shoe that protects the ankle in the event of swelling during the game.

The tight end said "we're going over that tonight, so we will see with the training staff."

Gronkowski is also concerned with making sure he is in "football shape," since he hasn't done much cardio or working out in recent days due to the injury. In the meantime, he's preparing as if he'll play.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury: Patriots TE No Longer Wearing Boot On Sprained Ankle

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took the protective boot off of his left foot on Monday and he told reporters on Tuesday that it's not going back on before the Super Bowl (via WEEI).

"It’s off, no more boot."

When asked whether or not he would definitly play on Sunday, Gronkowski remained slightly hesitant:

"Hopefully, that's the goal," said Gronkowski. "Get out there, be effective and help out the team. But that's in like six days, you never know. It could be 100% by then, or it could be 2% by then. We are just taking it day by day, making positive strides, moving forward, so it's going good."

Gronkowski scored 17 TD catches and racked up 1,327 receiving yards in 2011, both new single-season records for NFL tight ends.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury: Patriots TE Loses The Boot At Media Day

There won't be very much real news broken at media day for the 2012 Super Bowl but we do have one nugget of information to pass along: Rob Gronkowski has the boot off of his foot. The Patriots tight end has a high ankle sprain and, while he's expected to play, his ankle has been the big topic of conversation during Super Bowl week.

ESPN's Mike Reiss has the photo evidence of Gronkowski's boot-less foot.

Gronkowski's ankle is by far the biggest injury news for either team. He hasn't practice since the week leading into the AFC Championship game and he may not practice at all leading up to the Super Bowl. The Patriots will have practice Wednesday through Friday.

Despite the fact we've spent a lot of time talking about Gronkowski's injury, it's important to remember that almost everyone expects him to play. He may not be 100 percent, but he should be on the field.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury Update: Patriots TE Doesn't Practice On Monday

The New England Patriots only have a couple of minor injury questions heading into the Super Bowl but one huge one, too -- Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots tight end suffered a high ankle sprain in the AFC Championship game and, while he's expected to play against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, he probably won't be 100 percent.

The latest Gronkowski update is that he didn't practice again on Monday, which means he hasn't practiced since the Friday before the AFC Championship game.

Gronkowski's dad broke the news of his son's specific injury -- high ankle sprain. That's one of those things that simply takes time to heal so you probably won't be seeing Gronkowski do much on the practice field this week. In fact, it's been reported that he may not practice all week.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury: Patriots TE May Not Practice At All

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a high ankle sprain in the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens. He left the game for a while, but was able to come back in near the end of the game and play. Gronkowski didn't practice all last week however, and was seen getting off the team plane in a walking boot. Gronkowski has a "classic high ankle" sprain according to a report by ProFootballTalk.com, and may not practice at all leading up to Super Bowl XLVI.

Per a league source, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski indeed has a "classic" high ankle sprain. The source says that Gronkowski, who didn't practice last week, probably won't practice at all before the game.

But the source believes Gronkowski will play, even though it's currently believed that he'll need arthroscopic surgery on the ankle after the game.

While Gronkowski isn't expected to practice all week, he is expected to be available for and play in Super Bowl XLVI. The question will be how effective the star tight end will be on his bum ankle.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury: How Will Ankle Sprain Affect Patriots TE In Super Bowl XLVI?

New England Patriots star TE Rob Gronkowski is expected to play in Super Bowl XLVI despite a high ankle sprain. But how much will it limit his effectiveness? SB Nation's Medical Expert attempts to answer that question.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury Update: Patriots Tight End Still In A Boot

The New England Patriots' game-changing tight end, Rob Gronkowski, suffered an ankle injury during the Patriots' AFC Championship Game victory over the Baltimore Ravens. It looks like the big man will be ready to go in Super Bowl XLVI next Sunday, but Gronkowski is still in a boot, departing the Patriots' flight to Indianapolis with it on.

Gronkowski left the AFC Championship Game after having his ankle rolled up during a tackle by Bernard Pollard, but did return to the game. He hasn't participated in a Patriots practice since that game, but told reporters after it that he should be good to play in the Super Bowl.

For Patriots fans, the idea of a team's star wearing a boot before a match-up in the NFL's championship game against the New York Giants is a familiar one: Tom Brady wore a walking boot for some of the run-up to the Super Bowl XLII the two teams played in early 2008.

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Rob Gronkowski's Injury Is High Ankle Sprain; Patriots TE Misses Another Practice

On Wednesday and Thursday the New England Patriots listed over a dozen players on their Super Bowl injury report but only one of those listed, Rob Gronkowski, actually missed practice. The rest were limited or full participants in practice.

On Friday, Gronkowski once again missed practice and he was the only Patriots player not out there.

Gronkowski has an ankle injury and his father recently told WIVB in New York that the injury is a high ankle sprain. That's one of those nagging injuries that aren't overly serious long-term but they do take some time to heal. It's good for the Patriots that the injury came at a time when the team was entering a two-week break.

You can bet Bill Belichick won't be too happy that the news of Gronkowski's specific injury got out. He and the rest of the Patriots players have been mum on the status of Gronkowski, who hasn't practiced at all this week.

But there's no reason to think Gronkowski won't be out there. His father said that to WIVB and it's previously been reported that he's expected to play. He just may not be 100 percent.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury: Patriots TE Won't Practice On Thursday

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will sit out practice Thursday with an ankle injury suffered last Sunday during the AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens. While it is still too early for Pats fans to panic just yet, Gronkowksi's health status will be continue to be closely monitored in the coming days before the Pats' matchup against the New York Giants in the 2012 Super Bowl.

Immediately following the AFC Championship game, word was that Gronkowski was expected to play in the Super Bowl. Since then, nothing has been reported to the contrary. Of course, if Gronkowski did sit, the Patriots have a more than capable replacement in Aaron Hernandez. The offense would lose a lot of its versatility, however. Both players are often on the field at the same time, with Gronkowski lined up at tight end and Hernandez in an H-back position.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury: Not Time For The Panic Button

Although the New York Giants and the New England Patriots did not practice Wednesday, they released "projected" injury reports for the day as if they had. Sticking out for the Patriots was a big fat "did not participate" for record-setting tight end Rob Gronkowski, who injured his ankle in last Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens. Greg Knopping over at Pats Pulpit says fans shouldn't go into crisis mode just yet.

I wouldn't look too much into this, as this is simply a "projected" report, and I wouldn't be totally surprised if Gronkowski was limited in participation tomorrow. Of course, the situation bears watching - I just wouldn't even come close to hitting the panic button yet. After all, it was just two days ago that multiple news outlets reported that Gronkowski would be playing in the Super Bowl.

The Pats listed 13 other players as "limited," though with so much time to rest it is still too early to call anybody's status for the 2012 Super Bowl in jeopardy. There may be a little more concern on the Giants' end, with Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw and Tyler Sash all earning "did not participate" designations. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora was listed as "limited" as well.

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Super Bowl 2012: Rob Gronkowski Expected To Play But May Not Be 100 Percent

There's two weeks between the AFC and NFC Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl which means we have an extra week to dissect every minor story line and blow it up into something bigger. One of those stories in Super Bowl XLVI will be Rob Gronkowski and his injured ankle.

The New England Patriots tight end exited last Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens with said ankle injury but later returned. Boston Herald reporter Ian Rapoport, who previously reported Gronkowski is expected to play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5, indicated that Gronkowski may not be 100 percent because of some ligament damage.

Again, he's expected to play. That hasn't changed. He just may not be completely healthy. Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't offer up much of an update when asked about Gronkowski earlier on Tuesday. The Patriots will start practicing this week and then they'll make the trip to Indy for practice next week.

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No Rob Gronkowski Injury Update From Bill Belichick

Rob Gronkowski's status for Feb. 5's Super Bowl XLVI encounter between the New England Patriots and New York Giants remains unknown. Patriots head coach Bill Belicheck shed almost no light on the situation when asked about it during a Tuesdays press conference (via ESPN).

"Well, we'll see how it goes with Rob and some of the other players that are getting treatment when we get back out on the field. We haven't practiced, obviously, in the last couple of days. We'll just see how all that is when it's time to go."

Gronkowski suffered what appeared to be a pretty serious ankle injury during the third quarter for Sunday's win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC championship game. He was removed from the game and did not return.

There are apparently those within the Patriots organization that fully expect the record-setting tight end to play against the Giants. A source told the Boston Herald that "He'll be ready to go."

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Rob Gronkowski Injury: Patriots TE Will Play In Super Bowl Vs. Giants

The New England Patriots are headed to Super Bowl XLVI in two weeks and it seems like they will not be down a tight end when they arrive in Indianapolis.

One of the key offensive weapons throughout the season for the Pats was TE Rob Gronkowski, who left the field with an ankle injury that looked especially nasty on replays, but returned to play a short time later in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens.

According to the Boston Herald, a source says that Gronkowski will be ready to play in the Super Bowl against the New York Giants.

The source with direct knowledge of Gronkowski's condition said simply, "He'll be ready to go."

That surely allows Patriots fans, coaches and players a sigh of relief. Gronkowski described his ankle as "fine" in the locker room after the game, but he didn't go into detail. In fact, the precise injury is not clear. But the source believed - as of this morning - that it is clear Gronk will play.

Certainly good news for Patriots fans. If the injury is indeed nothing serious, good news for Gronkowski as well.

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Rob Gronkowski Says Injured Ankle Is 'Good'

The New England Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game which gets them a spot in Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants. But the Patriots didn't win the game without a big scare -- Rob Gronkowski was injured during the game.

Gronkowski came down awkwardly on his ankle (video here) and looked like he had a serious injury. He went to the locker room to get his ankle re-taped and missed just three minutes of action before returning.

After the game, he avoided questions about his injured ankle from reporters but did say it was "good." ESPN Boston reports Gronkowski was spotted after the game with a walking boot, but that could just be precautionary.

You can bet the Patriots won't be saying much about Gronkowski's injured ankle. The good news, though, is that he'll have two weeks to recover from the injury before the Super Bowl on February 5.

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Rob Gronkowski Injures Left Ankle, Leaves AFC Championship Game

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has had what is pretty inarguably the greatest year an NFL tight end has every had. He set a record for regular season touchdowns with 16, and caught three more in their first playoff game last week. This week, against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game, hasn't gone nearly as well, and he's in the locker room after suffering a pretty gruesome ankle injury.

Apologies for anyone with a weak stomach, because this isn't the most pleasant of .gifs.

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He was moving pretty well on his way to the locker room, but, at last check, that's where he remains. We'll update you on his condition whenever we know more.

Edit: Gronkowski was back in the game on Tom Brady's fourth down touchdown dive.

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